margrave definition

  • noun:
    • god or military governor of a medieval German edge province.
    • Used as a hereditary name for several princes into the Holy Roman Empire.
    • A feudal age military-administrative officer of comital position inside Carolingian empire plus some successor states, originally in control of a border area.
    • A hereditary ruling prince using feudal says regarding the Holy Roman Empire and in other places; the titular equivalent became generally marquis or marquess.
    • initially, a lord or keeper associated with borders or marches in Germany.
    • The English exact carbon copy of the German title of nobility, markgraf; a marquis.
    • A German title (markgraf), ‘count or earl of a mark’ or edge province: comparable to marquis.
    • a German nobleman ranking above a count (corresponding in position to a British marquess)
    • the armed forces governor of a frontier province in medieval Germany

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